While store-bought soaps are filled with harsh chemicals that can dry out your skin, all-natural soap products are safe for your body and moisturizing to your skin. Even if a store-bought soap is labeled as “natural,” the reality is that it still contains chemicals that burn your eyes and harm your skin. Natural soaps smell fresh and have a cleansing, skin-smoothing effect. The vast majority of handmade soaps use natural oils as the key ingredient. You have to get the perfect balance of these oils because too much and the soap will be soft and mushy, too little and it will be harsh on your skin. It is a delicate balance and is why making truly wonderful all natural soap is in reality a type of art in and of itself! Another thing to consider is that store-bought soaps use artificial fragrances by adding chemicals to the soap mix. Handmade soaps get their fragrance from the natural ingredients that are added, like therapeutic essential oils. Finally, homemade soaps using natural oils and ingredients have a higher content of glycerin and other moisturizers,which is why many homemade soaps have a rich and creamy later and are much more moisturizing than store bought bars. Many people do not need to even use moisturizing cream when washing with pure all natural soaps!